'''The Co-operative Group''', commonly known as the '''Co-op''', is a British consumer cooperative|consumer co-operative
with a diverse family of retail businesses including food retail; electrical retail; financial services; insurance services; legal services and funeralcare, with in excess of 4,500 locations. It is the largest consumer co-operative in the UK and owned by more than 4 million active members.
Membership is open to everyone aged 16 and over, provided they share the values and principles upon which the group was founded. Members are democratically involved in setting business strategy, decide how social goals are achieved, and share in its profits - in the last quarter of 2016 over £15m was returned to members and their chosen local community causes.
The Co-operative Group has over 70,000 employees across the UK. The group has headquarters